In Cuba, basic aspects of democracy as they exist in the US are rarely seen. So when the communist leader was faced with a free press questioning him about political prisoners on the island, he just said there were none.
Radio and TV Martí, a US government operation that has delivered news and information to Cuba since the Reagan Administration, is at a crossroads. Many argue that the Martis remain critical. Others say the broadcaster is a Cold War relic and are calling for its end.
There has been a lot of attention on President Obama's historic visit to Cuba. But we also want to talk about the Cubans who have come to the US — how they're treated in vastly different ways compared to many other Latino migrants.
As US-Cuba ties warm, thousands of Cubans have left the island, worried the new relations will end a US policy that gives them a fast-track to a green card if they reach US soil. This is one family’s journey.
President Barack Obama, on his historic visit to Cuba, laid a wreath at the tomb of legendary Cuban hero Jose Marti. Marti was a poet, author and nationalist, famed throughout Latin America. He died fighting Spanish imperial control. But he also warned against US influence.
Images of Cuba are usually beautiful: bright pastel colors, warm tropical weather and the bright blue hue of the ocean. But prisoners at Guantanamo can't see any of that, even though it's right outside. Photographer Debi Cornwall went to the prison to capture those contradictions on film.
Cuban hopes for high-speed Internet connections remain on hold, stalled by outdated infrastructure and authorities worried about losing their grip on power. But Cubans still find plenty of ways to work around their scant online connections.
"There's a palpable excitement here," says author Peter Kornbluh from Havana, as word broke of US-Cuban talks to normalize relations. "This is a new dawn ... and I think everybody here has realized that almost immediately."
Even before the first detainee arrived at the US base in Guantanamo, Cuba, Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg was on the story. After 13 years on the job, Rosenberg reflects on how the detention center came to be, snapshots of life there, and what Guantanmo was like for the five Taliban leaders recently swapped for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.